Police shot dead a paraplegic man in a wheelchair in the US state of Delaware on Wednesday.
Wilmington police responding to a 911 call from a man who said he had shot himself instructed paraplegic Jeremy McDole, 28, to raise his hands. Police chief Bobby Cummings, said they believed he was armed. In video filmed by a bystander, Mr Dole appeared to be bleeding from the neck and struggling to adjust himself in his wheelchair before he reached towards his pocket. At that moment police opened fire, killing Dole instantly. The Justice Department is investigating.
Pope speaks to US Congress
Pope Francis has made a bold call to the US Congress for action on climate change, immigration, poverty, and capital punishment. The Pope delivered a 50-minute address to ambassadors, Supreme Court justices, senators, and the House of Representatives – a first for pope. He advocated for a more compassionate America and stirred a rowdy display of support from the Democrats when he proclaimed “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Republican congressmen were slow to applause, a pattern repeated throughout the address.
China announces new emissions program
Chinese President Xi Jinping will commit to a national program in 2017 to limit and put a price on greenhouse gas emissions. The move to create a cap and trade system is an important step towards reducing emissions by the steel, cement, paper and power industries. China is the world’s worst polluter. A climate change conference in Paris in December will encourage other nations to reduce emissions.
Putin to discuss gay rights with Elton John
Vladimir Putin has agreed to meet singer Sir Elton John, following a prank call John received earlier this month by a comic duo impersonating the Russian President. In recent months, John has been actively involved in lobbying for LGBT rights in Ukraine. Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, told media the Russian leader was ready to meet Sir Elton to “discuss any issues of interest”.
The enigma no closer to solution
An Italian archaeologist obsessed with finding the remains of the woman believed to have modelled for the Mona Lisa in 1503 has found … nothing much. For the fourth year in a row Silvano Vinceti has had to announce that his search for the remains of Florentine woman Lisa Gherardini has been totally inconclusive. Since 2011 he has been trying to identify which, if any, of 12 skeletons exhumed from the nunnery where Gherardini died was hers. Now it is reported that bone shards unearthed there were too badly damaged to yield any useful DNA evidence. Vinceti is not giving up but cycnics feel his obsession is driven more by a desire for publicity than scientific passion. – Compiled from web sources by Matina Moutzouris and Samantha Barrie
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